From towering cascades tucked in the back of valleys to streams pouring over cliffs into the sea, Hawaiʻi has it all. The best islands for chasing Hawaii waterfalls are the Big Island , Maui and Kauaʻi . There are several easily accessible and stunningly beautiful waterfalls across the islands.
Manoa Falls is an amazing Oahu waterfall , but visitors aren’t allowed to swim there. The good news is that Waimea Falls (also known as Waihi) in Waimea Valley offers a safe place to swim at a waterfall . Friendly lifeguards are on duty . Life vests are available for you use.
One thing you might notice in the waterfalls map above is that the waterfalls tend to occur in the northeast sides of each of the islands. That is due to the moisture-carrying winds bringing rain from the Aleutian Islands towards the windward side of the Hawaiian Islands.
Waipuhia Falls, Oahu, Hawaii Waipuhia Falls turns into an upside down fall with powerful northeasterly trade winds, but it is very rare to see in real life.
Here are some of Travel + Leisure’s favorite beaches where you can get a slice of that true Hawaiian paradise. Waikiki Beach, Oahu . Ko Olina Beach, Oahu . Waimea Bay Beach Park, Oahu . Polihale State Park, Kauai . Hanalei Bay, Kauai . Poipu Beach Park, Kauai . Kalapaki Beach, Kauai . Kalihiwai Beach, Kauai .
No, not legally. The current is usually very strong during and after rain, which is the norm in Hilo. There are also rapids downstream called the “boiling pots.” If you drive about 10 miles north of Hilo along the Hamakua coast, there is the Kolekole waterfall and beach that is usually a safe swimming hole.
The Diamond Head Summit trail hike is likely the most popular hike in Oahu, and for good reason. While fairly steep, this easy hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcanic crater and climbs about 500 feet up the side to the top of the rim where panoramic views await.
The Stairway To Heaven , also known as the Haiku Stairs was built during World War II as a way for soldiers to access the radio antenna that sits at the top. In 2015 a storm damaged some parts of the stairs. Instead of fixing the damage, the stairway was fenced off and deemed highly dangerous and illegal to climb.
On the Hawaiian Islands, water first percolates through soil, if present, then through porous volcanic rock to aquifers, which are deep reservoirs within porous rock.
According to Insect Identification, Hawaii has approximately 174 different varieties of bugs lurking in forests, jungles, gardens – and even in your home. Centipedes in Hawaii are no joke. They can grow to be up to 12 inches long, and one inch in width.
Hawaii has several species of protected and endangered birds. Hawaii has no native snakes , and it’s illegal to own the animals in the islands.